Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
I understand the argument and I'm not totally against it.
It just drives me nuts to essentially have a try-out in the middle of a game and give it away. You put a guy in where you give him a good chance at succeeding. I just think this was a poor decision.
Simon has some of the best 'stuff' on the staff. He's got six strikeouts and just one walk in 2 2/3 innings thus far. His command hasn't been very good, but I could see why the Reds want to use him. If he can harness his pitches a bit better, he's going to be a good option for the Reds. We're not talking about a guy who has no talent. This guy has the goods. I think the Reds are wise to give him a shot.
I understand the frustration, but people are overreacting a bit about this. It's a game in April. These are the times you figure these things out. Almost never is a team fortunate enough to have everything decided in terms of personnel immediately to begin a season. Even when you do, injuries quickly change those plans.